How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

Go to the Buoy Dashboard

From Instagram

Water may have been running high on Friday but always great to get to spend some quality time with my daughter. She was casting like a champ on her first day fly fishing. Thank you @spinner_fall for a beautiful day #theorherseason #yeahbuoy #powderbuoypilsner

Water may have been running high on Friday but always great to get to spend some quality time with my daughter. She was casting like a champ on her first day fly fishing. Thank you @spinner_fall for a beautiful day #theorherseason #yeahbuoy #powderbuoypilsner ...

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🤔 buoy never sleeps, may 17/18 on the clock, not to mention the storm coming in on the 8th. I guess better late than never. I’m in #theotherseason mode. Looking forward to a day with @spinner_fall on the green with my daughter and some friends tomorrow. #yeahbuoy

🤔 buoy never sleeps, may 17/18 on the clock, not to mention the storm coming in on the 8th. I guess better late than never. I’m in #theotherseason mode. Looking forward to a day with @spinner_fall on the green with my daughter and some friends tomorrow. #yeahbuoy ...

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Well, that’s a wrap, time for a beer, and one hell of a way to finish. When I go on hikes with my kids I always tell them we should go around the next corner because you never know what magic can be there. This season was kind of like that, just had to go around lots and lots of corners to get to that magic. La Niña definitely had her way with things to the benefit of Alaska but detriment to just about everyone else. Ready for El Niño to make a comeback. Oh, there is another shot at some snow on the 7th. Off to #theotherseason

Well, that’s a wrap, time for a beer, and one hell of a way to finish. When I go on hikes with my kids I always tell them we should go around the next corner because you never know what magic can be there. This season was kind of like that, just had to go around lots and lots of corners to get to that magic. La Niña definitely had her way with things to the benefit of Alaska but detriment to just about everyone else. Ready for El Niño to make a comeback. Oh, there is another shot at some snow on the 7th. Off to #theotherseason ...

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🎼snow in and around my face makes me happy! 🎼 nothing like a pow day to light up the soul. #yeahbuoy

🎼snow in and around my face makes me happy! 🎼 nothing like a pow day to light up the soul. #yeahbuoy ...

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There we go, another storm incoming. Lots of solid closing weekend skiing out there the last few days let alone last week. Tempting to slide into #theotherseason but maybe set it up for the AM ski and PM bike. #yeahbuoy

There we go, another storm incoming. Lots of solid closing weekend skiing out there the last few days let alone last week. Tempting to slide into #theotherseason but maybe set it up for the AM ski and PM bike. #yeahbuoy ...

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Thanks for the sunnies @tetongravity! My favorite, killer Zeiss optics and polarized for fishing in #theotherseason. Sacrificed my last pair to the ocean Gods in Mexico last week. Check out TGR’s website for these and some sweet tgr x Dead collab gear. #yeahbuoy #notsponsoredjustliketheproduct

Thanks for the sunnies @tetongravity! My favorite, killer Zeiss optics and polarized for fishing in #theotherseason. Sacrificed my last pair to the ocean Gods in Mexico last week. Check out TGR’s website for these and some sweet tgr x Dead collab gear. #yeahbuoy #notsponsoredjustliketheproduct ...

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Hold up now. It may be third winter (or is it first) but not sure if we’re quite ready for #theotherseason just yet. There’s a shot for some more weather around the 24/25th. Either way we need the water, and may flowers and all that. Yeaaahhhhhbuoy!

Hold up now. It may be third winter (or is it first) but not sure if we’re quite ready for #theotherseason just yet. There’s a shot for some more weather around the 24/25th. Either way we need the water, and may flowers and all that. Yeaaahhhhhbuoy! ...

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Incoming!! The tradition continues! #yeahbuoy

Incoming!! The tradition continues! #yeahbuoy ...

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Atun para la cena. Always snows when I’m not home #yeahbuoy. Gracias @fortunasportfishing

Atun para la cena. Always snows when I’m not home #yeahbuoy. Gracias @fortunasportfishing ...

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Daydreaming of this time last year with @pointsnorthheli…ahhhhhhhhh heaven. #yeahbuoy

Daydreaming of this time last year with @pointsnorthheli…ahhhhhhhhh heaven. #yeahbuoy ...

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Tax day pow day! Tradition is looking to stay alive. Make sure to file your turns! #yeahbuoy

Tax day pow day! Tradition is looking to stay alive. Make sure to file your turns! #yeahbuoy ...

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Looks close to a tax day pow day but I think we’ll have a more legit pop in a few days that should dial us in for the tax day pow day, fingers crossed for keeping traditions alive. Snowing into tomorrow and next week is in schedule too 🤟this chart is for you @thomas_laakso . #yeahbuoy

Looks close to a tax day pow day but I think we’ll have a more legit pop in a few days that should dial us in for the tax day pow day, fingers crossed for keeping traditions alive. Snowing into tomorrow and next week is in schedule too 🤟this chart is for you @thomas_laakso . #yeahbuoy ...

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If you can get past the fact that it’s going to be 75 this weekend, we have a storm still for the end of the month/ April 1 and now April 5 on the radar. Not giving up just yet “. #yeahbuoy

If you can get past the fact that it’s going to be 75 this weekend, we have a storm still for the end of the month/ April 1 and now April 5 on the radar. Not giving up just yet “. #yeahbuoy ...

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Groomers are fun, powder is funnerer. This season has been tough times (first world problems). We have a storm on Sunday and looks like a chance for something at the end of the month. Still holding out hope for tax day pow day, it’s a tradition. #yeahbuoy

Groomers are fun, powder is funnerer. This season has been tough times (first world problems). We have a storm on Sunday and looks like a chance for something at the end of the month. Still holding out hope for tax day pow day, it’s a tradition. #yeahbuoy ...

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